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5 people shot in Syracuse, New York

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 21:03

SYRACUSE, New York — Five people have been shot in Syracuse, New York according to CBS affiliate CNYCentral.

The shooting call came in to 911 dispatchers around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Police responded to the 1300 block of Midland Avenue on the south side of the city.

When officers arrived, they found a large crowd and several people injured with apparent gunshot wounds.

The injured people were taken to a local hospital.

Police said the victims' ages range between 8 and 35 and all are expected to survive.

Less than an hour later, a teenager was shot not far from the scene on Midland Avenue.

The injury does not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

It does not appear the shootings are related.

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Columbus City Schools board announces pick for superintendent

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 19:24

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After more than three-and-a-half hours of discussion in executive session, the Columbus City Schools board of education voted to approve a new district superintendent on Thursday.

The board said Dr. Talisa Dixon will be offered the job pending background checks.

She is superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools.

Thursday’s meeting started at 5:30 p.m.

The process for selecting a new superintendent has taken a long time.

In September 2017, the district voted to pay a recruiting firm about $50,000 to conduct a national search.

In March, the state auditor determined the district may have violated the open meetings law during the selection process.

So the district restarted the process of selecting a new superintendent.

The school board signed a contract with a firm to help find a new superintendent in May.

The pool of candidates was narrowed to three semi-finalists last week and the candidates met with the community this week.

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Kavanaugh accuser may testify after all -- under right terms

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 18:56

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford may personally testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said Thursday, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford's accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school.

Ford will tell her story to the Judiciary Committee, whose senators will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation — but only if agreement can be reached on "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety," the attorney said.

The positive tone of the lawyer's email revived the possibility that the panel would hold an electrifying campaign-season hearing at which both Ford and President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee could give their versions of what did or didn't happen at a party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh, now a judge on the powerful District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, has repeatedly denied her allegation.

The accusation has jarred the 53-year-old conservative jurist's prospects for winning confirmation, which until Ford's emergence last week had seemed all but certain. It has also bloomed into a broader clash over whether women alleging abuse are taken seriously by men and how both political parties address such claims with the advent of the #MeToo movement — a theme that could echo in this November's elections for control of Congress.

In one obstacle that must be overcome, Katz's email said a hearing Monday is "not possible" and that scheduling it that day "is arbitrary in any event." Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has scheduled the hearing for that morning, and he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have indicated it would be Ford's only chance to make her case. Republicans are anxious to move ahead to a vote by the committee, where they hold an 11-10 majority, and then by the full Senate, which they control, 51-49.

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Republicans on the panel, made no commitment but said in a written statement, "We are happy that Dr. Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee."

Attorney Debra Katz said anew that Ford, 51, a psychology professor in California, has received death threats and for safety reasons has relocated her family.

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety," Katz wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Associated Press after first being reported by The New York Times.

Should Ford testify, especially in public, it would pit the words of two distinguished professionals against each other as television close-ups capture every emotion. Assessing them would be not just the committee's 21 senators — of whom only four are women, all Democrats — but millions of viewing voters.

Underscoring the sensitivity of all-male GOP senators grilling a woman who's alleged abuse, Republicans are considering reaching out to female attorneys who might question Ford, according to a person who spoke only on condition of anonymity.

If Ford opts not to participate, Republicans could well dispense with the hearing to avoid giving Democrats a forum for peppering Kavanaugh with embarrassing questions. They would argue that they'd offered Ford several options for describing her accusation, but that she'd snubbed them.

Kavanaugh, who's been eager to testify, said he was ready to appear Monday.

"I will be there," he wrote Grassley in a letter. "I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name."

Ford has contended that at a house party in Washington's Maryland suburbs, a drunken Kavanaugh tried undressing her and stifling her cries on a bed before she fled.

Grassley has said that in the interest of making Ford comfortable, he'd be willing to let Ford testify in public or private. He even offered to send committee aides to her California home to take testimony.

"Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested," Katz wrote. The email did not say any option was preferred.

As the week has proceeded, Republicans have seemed to regain momentum toward approving Kavanaugh though his prospects have remained uncertain.

Even moderate Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said it would "unfair" to Kavanaugh if Ford decides to not appear, and others were urging leaders to proceed quickly to a vote. Still, the bare 51-49 Republican majority means they can lose just one vote and still approve him if all Democrats vote no. Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie.

Democrats have tried using the issue to demonstrate that Republicans treat women unfairly, their eyes on upcoming elections in which suburban, anti-Trump female voters could be pivotal in many races. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a possible 2020 presidential candidate, said Republicans were "bullying" Ford by giving her a Monday deadline to testify.

Thursday's email was the latest turnabout by Ford and her lawyers.

She went public with her accusation over the weekend in a Washington Post interview, and said Monday through her lawyer that she was ready to testify. But Tuesday, she began insisting on an FBI investigation of her allegations and said other witnesses should also participate a hearing. Those conditions had cast strong doubts on her willingness to appear, and it became unclear whether Republicans would even hold the hearing.

The email said Ford's "strong preference" remains that the committee allow a thorough investigation of her claim before she appears. But that wording fell short of a non-negotiable demand.

Katz asked committee aides for a telephone conversation to discuss terms.

Kavanaugh was spotted at the White House Thursday, and allies said he is eager to address the accusation and will be prepared to address the committee Monday. President Donald Trump refrained from tweeting about his nominee.

Republicans have resisted all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block Kavanaugh's confirmation. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to crop up.

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Suge Knight pleads no contest to voluntary manslaughter in fatal 2015 confrontation

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 16:54

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Averting a murder trial that had been nearly four years in coming, former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman and agreed to serve nearly 30 years in prison.

The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea in Los Angeles Superior Court after striking a deal with prosecutors, and has agreed to serve 28 years. Jury selection for his trial, which could have led to a life sentence, had been scheduled to begin Monday.

Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after fleeing the scene of a dispute in January 2015 outside a Compton burger stand. Knight and Cle "Bone" Sloan, a consultant on the N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton," traded punches before Knight clipping him with his pickup truck and ran over businessman Terry Carter, who died from his injuries.

Knight's attorneys have said he was acting in self-defense and was fleeing armed attackers when he ran over Carter and Sloan. Sloan has denied he was carrying a gun during the confrontation.

During Thursday's hearing, Knight, wearing orange jail attire with his arms and legs in chains, answered Judge Ronald Coen's questions, loudly and quickly saying "no contest" when the judge asked for his plea. He will be formally sentenced on Oct. 4.

The plea deal calls for Knight to serve 22 years in prison on the voluntary manslaughter count, and another six years because it is a third strike violation.

Knight disagreed with the judge's description of one of his previous strikes and put a pause in the proceedings that briefly raised tension in the courtroom.

"You served nine years for it," Coen said, before Knight agreed to move on.

Carter's daughter, Crystal, sat in the front row of the courtroom and displayed no visible reaction to the proceedings. "I'm surprised he pleaded out," Crystal Carter said outside court. "Normally he likes the cameras to be on him 24-7."

The agreement also absolves Knight in two other cases, both from 2014. He was accused of stealing a camera from a woman and of sending threatening text messages to "Straight Outta Compton" director F. Gary Gray.

Delays, detours and drama marked the run-up to Knight's trial, which was expected to begin Oct. 1 under tight security and secrecy. Court officials had said that no witness list would be released ahead of the trial, and that some witnesses might not be identified by name during the case.

Surveillance video that showed Knight hitting the two men with his truck was likely to play a central role for both sides.

Sloan, who had feuded with Knight for years in a dispute with roots in their Compton gang ties, was likely to have been the trial's key witness, but may have been a difficult one for the prosecution.

Despite giving a detailed account of the incident to police on the day it happened, just a few months later at a preliminary hearing he claimed to have little memory of it, and even refused at first to identify Knight as the person sitting in the courtroom who he'd fought with.

Knight collapsed during one court hearing, two of his former attorneys were indicted on witness-tampering charges, and his fiancee pleaded no contest to selling video of Knight hitting the two men with his truck.

His attorney Albert DeBlanc Jr., appointed by the court five months ago, was his 16th, and Knight tried to fire him and get yet another lawyer just a day before the deal was reached.

Knight would frequently, against the advice of Coen and his attorneys, speak extensively during hearings, complaining about jail conditions, his attorneys and his health issues.

On Thursday, while Coen read legal language about the plea and told Knight he was subject to deportation if he was not a citizen, Knight said "ICE is coming to get me?" to a smattering of laughs.

DeBlanc declined comment on the plea agreement. Prosecutors did not speak to reporters outside court.

The 53-year-old was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy. He has prior felony convictions for armed robbery and assault with a gun. He pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years' probation for assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992.

He was sentenced in February 1997 to prison for violating terms of that probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight's car just east of the Las Vegas Strip. Shakur's slaying remains unsolved.

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World's biggest bounce returning to central Ohio

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:48

GROVE CITY – Central Ohioans will get another chance to enjoy the World’s biggest bounce house.

The bounce house was originally scheduled to be in central Ohio September 8-10.

The Big Bounce America 2018 will be setting up at LVL UP Sports Paintball Park in Grove City on October 5-7.

The bounce house holds the Guinness World Record and is 10,000 square feet and is four times bigger than the average home, according to a release.

People of all ages are invited to play on the basketball court, compete in an obstacle course and glide down a giant slide.

Tickets are sold per session with sessions split by age. Prices vary from $12 for the Toddlers’ Session and up to $21 for the Adults’ Only Session. Entry to the Bounce Village can be added to your ticket for an additional charge.

You can find more information here.

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New camera system captures shooting of Franklin County deputy

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:26

Franklin County Sheriff's Lieutenant Edward Schillig said the videos captured by the Watch Guard camera system recently installed in his cruiser are state-of-the-art.

"The quality is incredible," said Lt. Schillig. " I can rotate the bottom camera 360 degrees."

The Watch Guard system provides two camera angles and allows deputies to upload videos in order to be viewed remotely by supervisors.

Before the new system was installed, cruiser camera videos had to be downloaded onto a DVD for review.

About a week after the new system was installed, a cruiser camera captured the pursuit of a suspected drunk driver, after deputies received a report that someone was driving erratically on the city's west side.

The suspect crashed his truck at the intersection of Harrisburg Pike and Eakin Road. Deputy Jacob Heaberlin can't be seen on camera, but a clear audio recording depicts the deputy shouting at the suspect to get out of the truck.

At the same time, the deputy is urging an innocent bystander whose vehicle was struck by the fleeing suspect's truck to "stay right there."

As two Franklin Township police officers arrive on the scene, the Watch Guard camera system captures crystal clear images of the suspect opening fire on the deputy.

Heaberlin was shot once in the stomach just below his protective vest. Fifty-five-year-old Darrell Bruffy was shot and killed in the exchange of gunfire.

Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin says the video provided a crystal clear, moment by moment depiction of the shootout.

"It's one thing to interview witnesses, and try to piece it together and then you're trying to visualize that in your mind, versus you're watching it just like on a movie," said Sheriff Baldwin. "And it was a panoramic view so it picked, on the old cameras would be a narrow focus, this one was much wider."

Watch Guard is a synchronized system for both cruiser videos and body cameras. Currently, Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies don't wear body cameras. The sheriff said it's a consideration, but added body cameras are expensive,.

"Cameras are great, but they're not a replacement for trust. And we really work on that trust," said Sheriff Baldwin. He referenced the recent creation of four liaison officers, one for each quadrant of Franklin County, who are cleared from calls for service in order to attend community and block watch meetings, interact with citizens, listen to their concerns, and help solve their problems.

Lt. Schillig said he's confident the new camera system will vouch for him.

"I can write a very detailed statement of what I saw, what I heard, what happened... nothing matches being able to see it," said Lt. Schillig.

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Traveling Vietnam Wall brings back memories for local veterans

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:21

Along the outfield fence of VA Memorial Stadium, it appears in the distance. The black wall grows as you approach.

From a few feet off the ground to 8 feet tall in the middle. Each black panel full of names. Names of the dead who died in Vietnam.

On Thursday, many veterans came to pay their respects to the boys who went off to war and never came back.

For many, there is regret, that they lived to come home.

"This is a very emotional day for me," says Larry Cunningham who was a Vietnam era soldier but never fought in the war. "My friends died when they're 18 or 19. I don't know if its fair that I'm still here and they're not."

There are more than 58,000 names on the wall.

"It's very overwhelming everyone on this wall is a great person," says Cunningham.

There are 3,096 Ohioans on this wall, including six from the small town of Beallsville. Charles Schnegg, 20; Jack Pittman, 20; Duane Greenlee, 19; Richard Rucker, 20; Robert Lucas, 20; and Phillip Brandon, 19 all died in the are giving their hometown the distinction of having the highest casualty of any US community from 1966-1971.

Four decades later, the pain of war, has not faded for many of those who came here to pay their respects.

The wall serves as a reminder, we should never forget.

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Man whose home was damaged by June gas explosion says property's insurance won't pay

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:21

It's been almost 90 days since a housing explosion rocked John Hargrave's neighborhood. The blast badly damaged his home just across the street.

"You can see my [front] door is off the hinge," he said. "Right there, [the explosion] blew my door up. You come in, you can smell the mold when you come in the house."

In one bedroom, the door can't open all the way because the ceiling has caved in. Insulation blankets the floor more than two feet in some spots. Hargrave says mold can be seen on the back wall.

Insulation blankets the floor of John Hargrave's master bedroom after his ceiling caved in.

"When it rains that water comes straight through that window because that window was not sealed," he said.

At the time of the explosion, Hargrave didn't have homeowner's insurance. He says the insurance company for the property that exploded, owned by the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), told him to assess the damage and it would be addressed after the investigation.

Last week, he received a letter saying CMHA's insurance would not be paying a dime.

The claim says "the explosion was caused by the unforeseeable criminal activity of Marcus Taylor." Taylor, they say in the document, admitted to attempting to steal copper at the vacant building while it was undergoing extensive renovations and, while doing so, hit a gas line. The claim also says "more than reasonable efforts were made to prevent burglary and theft" by locking doors and windows and placing a 2X4 board on the floor at the back door of the building. The claim says Columbus Police officers were hired to patrol the area, looking for break-ins and other illegal activity. The last check was in the afternoon and late evening on June 21, 2018, and there was no evidence of forced entry.

Hargrave says the building was anything but secure.

"There were two people inside the house when it exploded so how secure is that," Hargrave said. "That right there is pure evidence that the house wasn't secure at all."

According to a CMHA spokesperson, "a homeowner's policy would cover his damage in the same manner that CMHA's insurance policy covered CMHA's damaged properties because the housing authority was the victim of the explosion." The spokesperson also said "CMHA is not responsible for damage caused by the explosion to neighboring properties."

Hargrave believes he's a victim, too. He estimates more than $20,000 in damage.

"That was their property," he said. "They admitted to their property damaging my property. [I] don't understand what in the world is so hard about them just coming to fix what they did to my house."

He says he'll do what he can, while not giving up hope that help is on the way.

"Somehow, someway, they're going to fix my house," he said.

Hargrave says he did have homeowners insurance until 2012 when he was dropped because he owned an American Akita dog breed at the time. Since the June 22 explosion, Hargrave says he now has homeowner's insurance.

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Ohio State closing 2 garages' top levels after student fall

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University says it plans to close top levels of two parking garages at its Columbus campus a week after a student fell to his death in what's been preliminarily ruled a suicide.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the university notified parking permit holders for the Lane Avenue and Ohio Union South garages about the planned closures this week, saying officials would be reviewing safety enhancements after the recent release of a Suicide and Mental Health Task Force report.

The student who fell from the Lane Avenue garage Sept. 11 was the fourth person to die after falling from university garages since February 2017. A student and a former student were killed within four days of each other after falling or jumping from the Ohio Union South garage in April.

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Meijer home delivery now offering alcohol in Ohio

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:17

Meijer announced that customers in Ohio can now have beer and wine delivered right to their door as part of its home delivery service.

Customers who order alcohol as part of the membership-based delivery service are required to provide valid identification to place and receive orders.

Ohio and Michigan are currently the only states where alcohol is included as part of the delivery service.

“We’ve received an incredible amount of feedback from customers wanting to take advantage of our large selection of craft beers and wine,” said Keith Rothstein, Group Vice President of Merchandise Services for Meijer. “We think this enhances the level of convenience our home delivery customers in Ohio can enjoy and allows them to take more advantage of what our stores have to offer.”

Customers can sign up for annual or monthly memberships. Annual memberships are $99 per year and monthly memberships are $14 per month.

New members get two weeks free plus $15 off their first order. Delivery is free for orders over $35; a flat $7 delivery fee is added to any orders under $35.

You can sign up for the service and shop online for groceries by clicking here.

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Mexican officials say 273 corpses were on wandering truck

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:40

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A wandering refrigerated truck carrying corpses from an overflowing morgue in Mexico actually contained 273 bodies, not 157 as originally stated.

Officials described late Wednesday how the truck was forced to move around the outskirts of the western city of Guadalajara as neighbors and officials objected to its grisly cargo, and the smell.

A total of 444 bodies had piled up at the state morgue, as Mexico suffered a 17 percent surge in homicides so far this year. Forty-nine of those bodies remained in the morgue, 273 were crammed onto the truck and 122 were kept in a second refrigerated trailer in the morgue parking lot.

Dante Haro Reyes, the human rights prosecutor of Jalisco state, said the truck was not meant to be wandering around as it was originally meant to take the unclaimed bodies to a refrigerated warehouse.

But that fairly short trip quickly grew complicated.

Haro Reyes said local authorities in the suburb of Tlaquepaque closed the warehouse for a lack of permits when they got wind of the plan in mid-September. Local authorities said nobody had consulted them about storing the bodies there.

The truck then tried to go to a state prosecutor's warehouse, but the vehicle was too big to enter. While officials tried to figure out a way to enlarge the entrance, the truck rental firm suggested a temporary location to park the truck.

On its way to the third location, the truck got stuck in the mud in a field behind a housing development. A second truck cab was sent to pull it out, but by then residents there were already raising complaints about the smell, and posting videos of the blood-stained truck on social media.

Earlier this week the state's governor fired the director of the state forensics service, and on Wednesday he fired the state prosecutor, the two officials who oversee the identification and burial of unclaimed bodies.

After a series of scandals a few years ago in which crime victims were buried in pauper's graves with little identification — usually empty soda bottles with written notes next to the bodies — Mexico enacted tougher requirements on identifying bodies and burying them in ways that would allow for subsequent exhumation. DNA samples and fingerprints are taken before burying unclaimed corpses.

The state government is trying to build enough cemeteries to hold unclaimed bodies, but progress has been slow.

Haro Reyes said of the 444 bodies, only 60 had been prepared for burial in accordance with the new guidelines. The others await examination, tied up in black plastic bags aboard the trucks, both of which are back at the morgue lot.

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Ticketmaster colluding with ticket scalpers and taking a cut, report finds

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:59

Ticketmaster is now accused of running what looks like an underground ticket scalping project that may be driving up prices and costing consumers millions. An investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Toronto Star claims the box office giant is helping scalpers buy tickets and resell them with a secret program.

There's no federal law against ticket scalping but Ticketmaster has publicly opposed the practice in the past, reports CBS News' Vladimir Duthiers.

Wearing hidden cameras, journalists from the Toronto Star and CBC posed as scalpers at a major live entertainment conference in Las Vegas in July. That's where they found Ticketmaster representatives appearing to pitch a company-owned resale platform used by ticket scalpers.

"They have a secret scalper program that they don't talk about in any corporate reports," said CBC investigative reporter Dave Seglins. He's one of the reporters who went undercover as a ticket broker from Toronto. "What we discovered is they are selling something called TradeDesk, which is an online system….It's purposely designed for professional scalpers. It helps manage large inventories."

Here's how it works: scalpers set up fake accounts to buy tickets in bulk on Ticketmaster.com since the website limits how many "tickets one person can buy. The scalpers then sell those tickets at inflated prices on TradeDesk.

When CBC's undercover reporter asked a Ticketmaster representative whether the company will police the use of multiple accounts, he said, "No. I have a gentleman who's got over 200 Ticketmaster.com accounts."

Ticketmaster can then make money off fees from the initial ticket sale and the resold scalped ticket. For example, CBC analyzed ticket sales for a Bruno Mars concert and calculated that Ticketmaster could make up to $658,000 in fees – half of that coming from scalped tickets.

"I'm hoping from an investigation like this, we're really bringing transparency so that people could look at this and ask whether this is right, moral, ethical, legal," Seglins said.

In a statement to the Toronto Star and CBC, Ticketmaster says in part that it offers "a safe and fair place for fans to shop, buy, and sell tickets" and that it operates that "marketplace more transparently and securely than any other."

In a statement to CBS News, Ticketmaster said, "It is categorically untrue that Ticketmaster has any program in place to enable resellers to acquire large volumes of tickets at the expense of consumers." It also said it has begun an "internal review of [its] professional reseller accounts and employee practices."

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Tracking severe weather expected to hit central Ohio Friday evening

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:30

The heat and humidity will continue into the day on Friday with much cooler conditions over the weekend. Those cooler conditions, however, will come with a price.

LIVE: Join Ross Caruso tracks the potential for severe weather in central Ohio Friday:

On Friday, an area of low pressure will begin to move through the Midwest & over the Great Lakes. This will bring a cold front, draping across NW Ohio and will push through central Ohio during the evening hours on Friday.

Ahead of this front, a line of thunderstorms will begin to ignite in the NW and will push SE through the evening hours.

Along with the rain, there is also a slight risk for severe weather, meaning that there is the potential for scattered severe storms.

The primary threats will be strong, damaging gusty winds and small hail. While the potential for tornadoes are small, they cannot be completely ruled out for tomorrow’s event.

The timing from when storms will move through Columbus will be between 7-9 p.m. and will end shortly after midnight.

There is the potential for a few scattered showers/storms to form ahead of this line during the late afternoon and early evening, but the severe threat will be associated along the line of storms moving in.

Much cooler air will filter in behind this front, offering pleasant conditions for the official start of Fall Saturday night & for the rest of the weekend.

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Federal charges filed against officer seen kicking suspect in Franklin Township

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:47

COLUMBUS -- Federal charges have been filed against the former police officer seen kicking a suspect in the head.

Rob Wells resigned his job with Franklin Township Police in May after a video surfaced online.

10TV has confirmed Wells is facing one count of "deprivation of rights under color of law" and one count of "obstruction: false report." The federal indictment claims he "did knowingly conceal, cover up, falsify and make material false entries in a document with the intent to impede, obstruct and influence the investigation" related to the incident.

Records obtained by 10TV reveal that this wasn't Wells' first violent confrontation with a suspect. In 2002, a camera inside a Pataskala cruiser captured Wells repeatedly striking a suspect who was on the ground. He was criminally charged with assault and pleaded guilty in that case, a conviction that was later expunged from his record.

We expect the U.S. Attorney's Office to detail the most recent federal charges this afternoon at a press conference. You can watch it live here at 2 p.m.

Stay with us on air and online for updates.

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"Women Who Explore" Get Out and Enjoy Our Metro Parks

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:24

Getting outside for fresh air can be good for you. One group of women is taking it to another level, enjoying nature while learning something new.

And most of them don't even know each other.

For Kelli Denz who grew up exploring nature in rural Wisconsin, hiking at High Banks Metro Park is a real treat.

"It's beautiful. Every time I've come to High Banks I've seen something new," Denz says, while leading a group of women on a hike.

Kelli is the Columbus ambassador for Women Who Explore, a group that encourages women to experience nature together.

"If you want to get outside whether it's fly fishing, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, you name it, let's do it," she says.

Every month the ladies meet up to do something different.

Quincy Alexander says you never know what that adventure can bring.

"It's fun, and it's hilarious. We find little creatures and the first time we saw little frogs and we were trying to hop over them. It's good conversation and getting to know one another." she explains.

Kelli says what makes this group so great is that women from all walks of life and all ages are welcome to join.

"Some of these girls have never met each other before. We all get along, we all talk there's just no issues and I love it," Kelli says.

"There's something so peaceful, you get to really get to connect with one another when you're out in nature. You're not influenced by anything, it's just raw," says Alexander, "Get out of your comfort zone and try something new! It's fun!"

Later this year Kelli says she wants to plan to take the group rock climbing.

To learn more about Women Who Explore, click here.

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Officials: 3 killed in shooting at Maryland Rite Aid distribution center

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:34

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland, officials said.

A law enforcement official with knowledge of the shooting stressed that the number of dead is based on preliminary information. The officials wasn't authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.

The FBI described it as an "active shooter situation" and said its Baltimore field office was assisting.

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The Harford County Sheriff's Office tweeted that the shooting involved "multiple victims" and warned that the situation was still fluid and asked people to avoid the area.

In a tweet, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said his office is monitoring the situation in Aberdeen and that the state stands ready to offer any support.

Susan Henderson, spokesman for the drugstore chain Rite Aid, said the shooting happened on the campus of a company distribution center in Aberdeen. She described it as a support facility adjacent to a larger building.

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132,000 pounds of ground beef recalled after E. coli outbreak kills 1, sickens 17

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:26

More than 132,000 pounds of possibly tainted ground beef sold nationwide is being recalled in an E. coli outbreak that has killed one person and sickened 17 others, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

Cargill Meat Solutions, a division of the agribusiness giant Cargill, is recalling approximately 132,600 pounds of ground beef products made from the chuck portion of carcasses that may be contaminated with E. coli, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, or FSIS, said in a statement.

The recalled products have an "EST. 86R" label inside the USDA inspection mark, and were packaged June 21. The federal agency said it's concerned that some of the recalled product might still be in the freezers of consumers.

View labels of recalled products >>

  • 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE OR FREEZE BY JUL/11/18 and case code 00228749057646
  • 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE OR FREEZE BY JUL/11/18 and case code 00228749002653
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E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps, with the symptoms typically occurring two to eight days after exposure. Most people recover in a week, but some develop a type of kidney failure that is most common among older adults and children under five.

The Fort Morgan, Colorado-based Cargill operation's beef had been identified in an August investigation into an E. coli outbreak, according to the FSIS. Publix Super Markets recalled an "undetermined amount" of possibly contaminated beef on Aug. 30 after 18 people were reportedly sickened.

Cargill Meat recalled more than 25,000 pounds of beef due to E. coli concerns in August.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter to help search for federal fugitive in Ohio

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 06:47

MANSFIELD, Ohio -- A bounty hunter famous for tracking down criminals on TV could help search for a federal fugitive in Ohio.

Our news partners at the Mansfield News Journal report Duane "Dog" Chapman will travel to Mansfield on Sept. 27 to help in the search for federal fugitive Shawn Christy.

Chapman was already scheduled to be in Mansfield on Sept. 28 to talk about recovery from drug addiction.

The newspaper reports that an unidentified friend of the Christy family is paying for Chapman to help in the search.

Authorities say Christy was last spotted in Mansfield on Sunday after wrecking a stolen truck on Interstate 71, then fleeing the scene.

Authorities have been searching across the country for him for months after he allegedly threatened to kill President Trump and law enforcement.

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Vandalized damage Christmas decorations for terminally ill Ohio boy

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 06:19

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say Christmas decorations set up in an Ohio neighborhood to help a child diagnosed with terminal brain cancer celebrate the holiday early have been vandalized.

Colerain Township police confirmed Wednesday there are conducting extra police patrols to prevent further vandalism in 2-year-old Brody Allen's neighborhood. Someone cut inflatable yard decorations, including a Santa, in the neighborhood where the Allens and others have decorated their yards for what Brody's family says could be his last Christmas celebration.

Neighbor Perry Mattan said he's repaired decorations the two times they've been cut and deflated

Todd Allen, Brody's father, told WCPO-TV the destruction is disheartening, but if vandals deflate Santa, "we're just going to put him right back up."

A community organization plans a Christmas parade Sunday with Brody as grand marshal.

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Japan digital currency exchange hacked, losing $60 million

Channel 10 news - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 06:10

TOKYO (AP) — Hackers have stolen 6.7 billion yen ($60 million) worth of cryptocurrencies from a Japanese digital currency exchange, the operators said Thursday.

Tech Bureau Corp. said a server for its Zaif exchange was hacked for two hours last week, and some digital currencies got unlawfully relayed from what's called a "hot wallet," or where virtual coins are stored at such exchanges.

The exchange was taken offline until details of the damage could be confirmed, and efforts were underway to get it back working, Tech Bureau said.

Japan has been bullish on virtual money and has set up a system requiring exchanges to be licensed to help protect consumers. The system is also meant to make Japan a global leader in the technology. Bitcoin has been a legal form of payment in Japan since April 2017, and a handful of major retailers here already accept bitcoin payments.

But the recurrence of cryptocurrency heists shows problems persist.

Earlier this year, the Tokyo-based exchange Coincheck reported a 58 billion yen ($547 million) loss of a cryptocurrency called NEM from suspected criminal hacking.

Coincheck, in operation since 2012, had been applying for a government license but had not yet gotten one. That led to industry-wide soul-searching, led by government financial regulators, to prevent such problems.

Zaif got registered with the government last year.

The company said Thursday it had accepted a 5 billion yen ($45 million) offer from Fisco, a Tokyo-based investment company, for a majority stake in Tech Bureau, headquartered in Osaka.

The cryptocurrencies stolen in last week's hack included Bitcoin and Monacoin. Of the stolen money, 2.2 billion yen ($20 million) belonged to the company, and the rest were customers' assets, according to Tech Bureau.

Earlier this year, a glitch at Zaif allowed some people to buy cryptocurrencies for zero yen.

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